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“Aw! Another sweet fairy tale retelling with some humour and hot smexy times thrown in for good measure.
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“This is an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. The main character is considered a beast in character and redeems himself in the end. The female character is beautiful and must overcome the fear of possible scarring by fever. They do live happily ever after, but there wasn't any special writing...”see full review » see other reviews »
“quick and fun, light reading”Leslie wrote this review Wednesday, October 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read the full review at http://randommusingsmanicramblings.blogspot.com/2013/07/when-beauty-tamed-beast-by-eloisa-james.html
Eloisa James is one of my favourite funny-historical romance writers and with every book I read, she gets better and better. She achieves that perfect and enviable balance between funny and poignant until you don’t know whether you’re crying from laughter or the brilliance of her work. Her writing and dialogue has that smooth ease that I can never achieve and she’s just one of those authors who I take great pleasure in simply reading, no matter what she writes.
Linnet is the perfect Eloisa James heroine. She might be the type of girl who everyone hates for possessing enough of the pretty gene for a small village, but you just can’t not like Linnet. Everyone’s prone to thinking she’s a bit of a bubblehead because of her looks and she’s not one to dissuade them if it works to her advantage. She’s brave, funny, speaks her mind, isn’t afraid to ask questions or get her hands dirty, and is fantastic with people. She gets Piers where others don’t and while everyone might be afraid of him, Linnet certainly isn’t one to let his dominant personality to get in the way of what she thinks or wants.
Piers is fantastic: surly and sarcastic with the body of a God, and a brilliant Doctor to boot. His childhood injury might have left him crippled, but his physical and mental strength would put a regular guy to shame. He uses his leg as both a shield and sword against the world and until Linnet came into his life, it was working perfectly well in keeping the world at bay. Piers might not be as susceptible to Linnet’s looks and charm as every other guy still in possession of his eyesight, but her smile and personality goes some way to disarming him and he can’t help but fall under her spell. For the first time, Piers finds his defences breached and he doesn’t have the willpower to get them back up.
This is classically Eloisa James funny and that’s one of the things I love about her. Ms James is prone to throwing in characters with peculiar traits, quirks and personalities into all her books and while it’s something that all authors try and do, no one does it quite like Eloisa James. Where else would you find a spying butler, a hero teaching his heroine how to swim and trio of trainee doctors collectively nicknamed ‘Ducklings’?
If you’re a regular follower of this blog, then you’ll know of my fascination and obsession with all things fairytale. The new season of Once Upon a Time is brilliant and while I’m not fond of Belle, Beauty and the Beast itself is my favourite fairytale and from what it seems, the story most likely to be retold. Ms James did a fantastic job. While it’s by no means an exact retelling, she’s taken the parts that work best for the story and played them to her best advantage. Her characters know their strengths but also their weaknesses and Linnet isn’t afraid of embracing either. It takes Piers a little longer but he comes to realise what he needs and it was a fun and very humorous journey to watch. There’s no doubt that this is a story of Beauty meets the Beast with a classic Eloisa James slant.”
“This is an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. The main character is considered a beast in character and redeems himself in the end. The female character is beautiful and must overcome the fear of possible scarring by fever. They do live happily ever after, but there wasn't any special writing that kept my attention or made me think, Wow, that was great." ”Karen K (K2) wrote this review Wednesday, May 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hero is mean, hard and unwavering...unlikable. Sweet and touching ending is the only thing that gives credit to the time spend reading.”Book Faerie wrote this review Sunday, March 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Eloisa James has done it again in this retelling of the classic fairy tail of Beauty and the Beast. Piers is the Earl of Marchant, an angry, bitter man who has a leg injury and therefore uses a cane. He's also a doctor. He has three "under" doctors, and one friend, in this case his cousin, who also helps him. If you've ever watched a certain show on FOX, this is sounding familiar to you. Eloisa James totally based the character of Piers on Dr. Gregory House. I love it!
Linnet is the classic beauty, men want her, women hate her or want to be her, because she's so beautiful and perfect. But when she gets thrown over by the Prince, and she wears a gown to a ball that makes her look like she's expecting, her reputation is ruined, and no man will have her... until her Aunt shows up with an idea.
Since the Earl of Marchant is reputed to be incapable of fathering children, and lo and behold, here's a lady who is supposedly carrying a Prince's child, they make a match, using Piers' father, who is itching for an heir. But will Linnet and Piers be able to stand each other once they meet? They surely don't think so.
This was great. I love the show House, and when I started noticing the similarities between Piers and the fictional doctor, I kind of fell in love with him a little. I was not as big of a fan of Linnet at first, since she seemed somewhat vain, and silly. But as the book went on, I began to see that she wasn't as she originally seemed.
Just like in A Kiss at Midnight, this differs from the original fairy tail... a lot, but that fact doesn't detract from the story, it helps it, I think. Had it been a strait retelling, I think it would've been boring.
Overall, the humor in this book is charming, the sex is hot, and it's just a great book!
If you're a fan of Eloisa James, this is a must read. If you've never read her before, pick this up! It's a great historical romance with that touch of whimsy that just makes it a gem. ”
“This is by far, the best Beauty and the Beast I've ever read! Thanks Eloisa!”Susanne wrote this review Friday, December 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book alot!”Fyre.Katz wrote this review Tuesday, December 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A wonderful story that kept me entertained from beginning to end.”Annamarie weary wrote this review Friday, September 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great story, but a bit too much Dr House, but after reading the authors final notes I understand why. A delightful, entertaining story.